We believe that Key Stage 3 is a crucial stage in a student’s education; it provides an opportunity to develop deep and powerful knowledge in a wide range of subject areas which, in many cases, will not have been studied previously at primary school.

Our Key Stage 3 courses are designed to develop a rich and diverse knowledge base from which to form coherent viewpoints and arguments, and to develop understanding of ever-more complex subject matter; to provide opportunities to experience cultural, educational and sporting experiences both inside the classroom and beyond; and to develop a love of learning which will become embedded into our students’ approaches to education at Key Stage 4 and beyond.

Ultimately, we want students progressing from Key Stage 3 with self-confidence, excited about their own education, and having developed resilience, independence, and great aspiration for the future.

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum will:

  • Meet the needs of all learners, irrespective of starting point or ability
  • Provide challenge for all students
  • Expect students to engage in their own learning and academic progress
  • Prepare students with the knowledge and skills for success at Key Stage 4 and beyond
  • Develop the wider skills for success in life such as self-belief, resilience and a can-do attitude
  • Help to raise students’ aspirations
  • Foster inquisitive, imaginative learners
  • Develop literacy through a key focus on reading
  • Celebrate success

We achieve these aims through the provision of a broad, balanced curriculum with a particular focus on developing students’ skills in literacy and numeracy. Our curriculum consists of:

The Entitlement Curriculum (Years 7 and 8)

All students study all subject areas:

English, Maths, Science, Geography, History, RS, French, PE, Design, Art, Drama, Music, and PSHE / Learning to Learn

The Focused Curriculum (Year 9)

Students are given options to study some subjects in greater depth:

  • Two Humanities subjects
  • Two Creative Arts subjects
  • Two Design subjects
  • ICT and / or Spanish 

The statutory aims of the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3 are met in all subject areas.

Subject Information

Please find below information booklets about our curriculum for each year group. If you would like any further information, please visit our staff contacts page (internal link) and contact the Head of Subject.

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Below is course information on subjects taught in Year 9:

Who to contact

If you have any questions about Key Stage 3, please contact:

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